“You’re off to great places! Today is you day! Your mountain is waiting! So… get on your way!”

Dear Parents / Annwyl Rhieni,

Welcome to Year 2!  I hope your child is excited about everything that this year has to offer. I am thrilled to have your child in my class, and I believe that by working together we will make this a very happy, productive and successful school year.  This is an important year in your child’s school career, as we will be reviewing a lot, learning even more, and of course having lots of fun along the way!   

It is very important that you play an active role in your child’s education. I invite you speak to me any time that you have a question regarding your child’s progress in school. I will keep you informed by sending home class letters and homework regularly.  The school blog will be updated every week, and this is a great way for you to see some of the exciting things that happen in class.  Spare copies of homework activities and letters will be posted on the noticeboard found outside my classroom.  Also, I would appreciate it if you would keep me informed any time your child has a concern/ difficulty whether it be it academic, social, or emotional.

Please find below some useful information that you will need: 

Class Staff

Class Teacher: Mrs Cusack
TAs:  Miss Miles and Miss Evans

PPA Cover: Mrs Stonham

SLT Time Teacher: Mrs. Stonham 

Aims of Year 2

Being more independent.
• Working with others and independently
• Becoming more confident
• Using Literacy, Numeracy and Digital skills with growing confidence
• Preparing the children for the transition to Juniors
• Reviewing previous learning, acquiring new skills and having lots of fun along the way!
• Making their last year in infants one to remember!

Working Together

By working together, we will make this year a very happy, productive time for your child.

• Please help us by taking an active role in your child’s education.
• Please share important information about your child with me e.g. medication.
• Encourage your child to become more independent where possible.

Outdoor Learning

The children will be working outdoors regularly throughout the week, whatever the weather. Therefore, please ensure that your child comes to school dressed appropriately for the weather e.g. coat, sun hat etc.

Every Monday the Year 2s will participate in ‘Messy Monday’ outdoor sessions. Please send in wellies for your child to change in to which can then be kept in school. All wellies must be clearly marked with your child’s name. Please ensure a suitable coat is sent in for these sessions. School uniform can be worn for most sessions.

N.B. If some sessions are expected to be particularly messy, I will email parents the week before so suitable clothing can then be worn to school.

P.E.

This year our P.E. days are every Friday.  N.B.  Pupils will need to come to school dressed in their P.E. kits.  Suggested clothing for P.E. is navy jogging bottoms, white polo shirt and trainers.  All jewellery must be removed and long hair must be tied back for P.E.   

 

P.P.A. (Planning, Preparation and Assessment)/ SLT (Senior Leadership) Time

My P.P.A. session is on a Friday morning and Mrs. Stonham will be teaching the class. Mrs Stonham will also teach the class every Friday afternoon when I take my Senior Leadership Time. 

 

Big Questions:

Our Big Questions for this year are as follows: 

Autumn Term: Why do we celebrate?
Spring Term: How has our world changed?
Summer term:  How are we moving forward?

I’m sure that the children will thoroughly enjoy the practical experiences and focus activities offered to them in an environment which supports a range of learning styles.  If your child has any books, artefacts, DVDs etc linked to the current big question, they are more than welcome to bring them in to school.  Please ensure that all items are clearly labelled with your child’s name. 

Reading

Please help your child to work on their reading every night.

• Reading for 20 minutes aloud every day is the ideal!
• Please encourage your child to read fiction and non-fiction texts.
• When listening to your child read and ask them questions about the text. (We want the children to talk about and understand what they are reading.)
• When faced with new/ unfamiliar words, encourage them to use the different skills of decoding e.g. using picture clues, breaking down longer words, chunking, skipping words then revisiting, thinking about what could make sense, looking for words in words etc.
• Help your child to sight recognise high frequency words (list can be found on our school website)
• Encourage reading for pleasure.

Writing

•This year we will be helping your child with extending his/ her writing as much as possible. Please help them with this at home.
• Spelling – Spelling lists / rules will be sent out every week.
• We will also be working hard to learn to spell high frequency words accurately (list can be found on our school website)
• We will be continuing to support your child’s cursive handwriting skills. Please help them with this at home.

 

Mathematics

• By the end of the year we aim for most Year 2 pupils to know the 2, 5 and 10 times tables.
• Estimating, weighing, measuring are all good to discuss and do practically.
• Money – Support your child with using it in the shops, working out change, adding up bills, questions e.g. if 1 bag of sugar costs 10p, how many will 4 cost?
• Mental addition, subtraction, multiplication & division skills will be developed throughout the year in practical contexts.
• Reading and writing numbers to 1000
• Doubling and halving
• Fractions of shapes and small numbers
• Problem solving activities will be used to help the children apply their skills in meaningful contexts.

 

Homework

The Year 2 children are set Maths homework on Friday using online Active Learn games.

Spelling lists will be sent home on a Tuesday following the class spelling session, so that the spelling patterns can be worked on at home.

Please ensure your child brings his/ her reading book to school every day and complete the parent/ pupil column to let us know about the reading undertaken at home.

Bilingualism

• Children are taught about their Welsh heritage.
• Children are taught incidental Welsh (commands in Welsh in every lesson)
• Emphasis on developing knowledge of the Welsh language as we work towards achieving our Siarter Iaith Silver Award.

How can you help?

The best help is to support your child’s learning and work with us to ensure they make good progress.
• Ensuring that homework is completed regularly.
• Good communication between the school and home.
• Getting plenty of sleep on a school night!
• Keep us informed of anything that you feel may affect your child in school.

 

and finally…

Once again, please feel free to talk to me about any questions/ concerns that you may have. May I take this opportunity to thank you in anticipation for your support throughout the coming year. Let’s work together to make this year a success and a happy, memorable time in your child’s school career!

 

Regards,
Mrs. Cusack 

 

Useful Websites:

http://www.ictgames.com   Literacy and Numeracy Games

http://www.topmarks.co.uk/Interactive.aspx?cat=8  Interactive Literacy, Maths and subject-related Games and Activities

http://www.galacticphonics.com/ – Phonics, spelling  and other literacy worksheets and resources for Foundation Stage, Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2

https://www.spellingcity.com/ – Spelling activities

http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/games/   Educational games across all subjects and topics

http://www.sheppardsoftware.com/web_games_menu.htm – Fun educational games

http://www.crickweb.co.uk/  Free online educational resources and games

http://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/for-home/reading-owl/find-a-book/library-page?view=&agegroup=0&book=1&booktype=all&series=all#    Oxford Reading Tree free online books

www.jollylearning.co.uk – the official Jolly Phonics website. Includes videos showing the teaching of Jolly Phonics and information related to Jolly Phonics/Jolly Grammar.

http://roythezebra.com/reading-games-word-level.html – enjoy some games that Roy the Zebra provides to enhance your reading skills

http://www.ictgames.co.uk/literacy – a site offering a number of quality literacy games, including games to enhance reading

http://www.ictgames.com/dinosaurwordsrepeat.html – Dinosaur Words – choose the correct tricky word to match what the dinosaur reads to you!

http://www.ictgames.com/wordreader.html – Word Reader – another nice game to help you recognise and read tricky words

http://www.ictgames.com/machine.html – CVC Machine – read the cvc word and match with the picture shown

http://www.sebastianswan.org.uk/ – read a book from Sebastian the Swan’s bookshelf

http://www.ngfl-cymru.org.uk/eng/interactive_big_books – enjoy interactive big books on the NGFL Cymru site

http://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/stories/ – A popular site already, but did you know that CBeebies also has stories you can listen to?

http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/starship/english/storyplant.shtml – use the story plant to make your own story and watch it grow!

http://www.crickweb.co.uk/ks1literacy.html – use the speech bubbles to make your own version of a traditional story

http://www.schooljotter.com/showpage.php?id=55482 – take a look at some links to some excellent literacy activities

http://www.lancsngfl.ac.uk/curriculum/literacy/lit_site/html/fiction/my_monster/index.htm – create your own  scary monster poem!